Easy Vegan Mince Pies – Suma Bloggers Network

When it comes to mince pies, for me, nothing beats home-made. Sure, my pies won’t be uniformly shaped and coloured like the factory-produced ones. And my stars are usually a little wonky. But hey, they taste REAL. Once you’ve tried home-made, I don’t think you’ll ever go back to shop-bought again.

If you’ve never baked your own mince pies before, you must give it a try. They’re incredibly easy to make. Even the pastry is a breeze.

Easy Vegan Mince Pies

The recipe I’m sharing today is for mini vegan mince pies. The size makes them perfect for serving with an ‘elevenses’ coffee or afternoon tea during the festive holidays. They’re small enough to not spoil your appetite, however, if you do fancy a second, you can tuck-in guilt-free as at least two minis is equivalent to one regular size pie.

Vegan Mince Pies

For these pies, I used some of my favourite pantry ingredients which I ordered from the wholesale cooperative, Suma. In the UK, you’ll find these products stocked in independent health food stores. They’re also available to purchase from online health food stores and Amazon.

Lately, I’ve been loving organic coconut cooking butter for short-crust pastry-making. It gives the pastry the most wonderful crisp texture.

Tiana Coconut Butter

Here in the UK, Tiana coconut cooking butter is available to buy in health food shops and online. If you can’t get hold of it, the next best vegan alternative is a combination of dairy-free spread and non-hydrogenated vegetable shortening. This gives the same crisp texture as the coconut butter, however I do find that the pies don’t last as long before they dry out. The coconut butter version last a good 5 days; the dairy-free spread/vegetable shortening version about 3 days. If they do go a little dry over time, they can easily be revived by warming them through in the microwave/oven.

Organic white spelt flour and plain (all purpose) flour both work really well in this recipe, but sadly the gluten-free flour mix I tried didn’t work out. The pastry was crunchy and definitely not ‘pie like’.

Mince Pies with Meridian Mince Meat & Doves Spelt Flour

For the filling, I used Meridian Organic Mince Pie filling. Unlike regular mince meats that contain huge amounts of added sugar, the Meridian one is sweetened with organic apple juice and has no added sugar. It has a wonderful flavour and you can really taste the quality of this product. I’ve already gone through two jars this week, and no doubt I’ll go through a few more before the season’s out.

Vegan Mince Pies

Products used in this recipe from Suma (available in the UK from independent health food stores)
Doves Farm Organic White Spelt Flour
Tiana Organic Coconut Cooking Butter (aroma-free)
Meridian Organic Mine Pie Filling

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6 Responses to Easy Vegan Mince Pies – Suma Bloggers Network

  1. That mince pie filling is amazing, I put it in my porridge. I haven’t got my hands on any this year as of yet though!
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    • Hey Lauren. I love adding it into porridge too! Makes the porridge all festive tasting 🙂 I’m hooked on the Meridian one now. It’s so much nicer than regular mincemeats. Love the fact it’s cane sugar free too x

  2. Wow, will have to try that pastry method, and using spelt. They look perfect.
    Have a great Christmas Sharon!

  3. Markio

    Mmm. Mincepies. And now i want to try mincepie porridge too. Thanks for sharing, M

  4. Lovely vegan mince pies. They look so inviting & yummy too! 🙂
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  5. We didn’t make mince pies this year but yours look fantastic and the pastry looks lovely and short. I must try some of this coconut butter, at the moment I think it’s too expensive to add to our shopping list and since I’m not cooking we’re not eating pastry! We always used to buy the Meridian mincemeat in the past before I began to make my own, I know it tastes lovely!
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